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Murray, Iowa thwart Minnesota comeback bid for 81-71 victory

Minnesota guard Eylijah Stephens (20) forces a jump ball on Iowa forward Keegan Murray (15) in...
Minnesota guard Eylijah Stephens (20) forces a jump ball on Iowa forward Keegan Murray (15) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)(Bruce Kluckhohn | AP)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 3:34 PM CST
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sophomore Keegan Murray scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Iowa withstood a furious comeback by shorthanded Minnesota to beat the Golden Gophers 81-71.

Murray sank 11 of 17 shots from the floor in notching his fourth double-double of the season for the Hawkeyes (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten Conference).

Payton Sandfort scored in the paint to push Iowa’s lead to 66-46 with 10:24 remaining and after the teams traded baskets.

Treyton Thompson scored eight points in a 22-6 run to get Minnesota (10-5, 1-5) within 72-68 with 2:47 left to play. Jamison Battle’s 3-pointer pulled the Golden Gophers within 74-71, but Murray answered with a 3 for Iowa with 59 seconds to go and Bohannon made four free throws in the last 30 seconds. 

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